Bellingham High School standout baseball player Austin Shenton may of had to wait a bit longer than anticipated, by the Red Raider was selected by the Cleveland Indians during day three of the Major League Baseball draft on Saturday, June 11.
Shenton, who was a possible day two pick, went in the 34th round with the 1,022nd pick.
He said Cleveland expressed interest in the fifth round, asking if his signability changed, but ultimately the Indians went a different route.
“I never really imagined when I started playing I’d be drafted by a major league team,” Shenton said. “It’s a big honor, and I really appreciate that the Cleveland Indians picked me.”
Shenton, who was a potential top-10 pick, said he stopped following the draft after a while and found out the news from his adviser while he riding in a car.
Shenton said the Indians picking him with a 34th round pick was a kind gesture, essentially a way of recognizing him as a talented ball player.
Now the corner infielder will need to make the decision of whether or not to turn pro or to attend the University of Washington, where he has committed to play next spring.
But Shenton said he’s excited to join UW’s strong baseball draft class and added he’d use this MLB draft weekend as motivation and fuel for the future.
“It’s pretty good motivation, and this is going to drive me for a while, honestly,” Shenton said. “But I have to try to find the good in every situation. I’m going to work harder than I ever have.”